Merry Point Circa 1767- Lancaster County, VA

On a high promontory overlooking the gloriously stunning Corrotoman River stands Merry Point House – Circa 1767 with later additions and dependencies.  These are my personal photos that I have retained ownership of.  They were taken for the previous listing agent who asked me to photograph this property.   As Merry Point is such a rare and remarkable property, I agreed to photograph it, with the intent of doing everything I can to help procure a purchaser and steward, who will carry on the legacy of this serenely captivating historic estate.  This is  simply the loveliest of properties, encompassing over 14 acres with superior elevation above the beautiful and sailboat depth Corrotoman River, in Lancaster County, Virginia.    If you are reading this and have a realtor already, in another part of Virginia, I would still be delighted to assist you with the blessing and referral of your realtor.

As a professional photographer, I am also, often asked by other Estate Brokers to photograph their properties because of my attention to detail, architectural knowledge, artful eye and expertise regarding Historic and Estate Properties and their buyers.

As a Licensed Realtor in Virginia, Specializing in Historic, Waterfront, Equestrian and Estate Properties, throughout Virginia, I would be delighted to arrange a showing for you with the listing agent.  Merry Point encompasses 14 pastoral acres, main house, guest house, garage, herb gardens, magnolias, dogwoods, towering trees, pier, dock, woodland gardens, trails and much more offered at $995,000.

Please feel free to contact me by email at, or by phone (804) 445-5500, for further information.

All photos by Karin Andrews Copyright  2015, all rights reserved.


Charming Colonial Tidewatere Cape
1 River Facing Side

beautiful grounds looking from gh to mh bedchamber 2 charming pastoral setting charming waterfront Chimney Typical Brick Detail 2 Waterside Circa 1767 additions 1852 Cover Shot dining room 1 Driveway 3 Front Road Side View Gardens Herb Garden Close in Herb garden Fabulous living room 1 living room 10 living room outside view looking into kitchen Main House architectural details 4 Best Front Porch Entrance Main House best shot water side Main House Front Door Road Side main house harming colonial cape main house profile period lockset pier awesome 1 pier view of corrotoman river facing side of land repaired bldg 1 7 side of land repaired bldg Textural Woodland Details waterfront gardens 6 Waterside Wharf Railing Waterside Wharf woodland walk


Ritchie House – Tappahannock, Virginia

Office across hall.

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Yesterday, it was my pleasure and distinct honor to be a featured presenter – sharing one of my past mural commissions with the fine art winners who submitted entries to the annual Essex County Women’s Club art contest.

Almost 9 years ago, I painted a historic mural in the conference room at Dillard and Katona, which is a law firm located in the Historic Ritchie House.  The original paneled walls from one of the rooms in the Ritchie House is now permanently housed in the Winterthur Museum – the largest and most prestigious museum dedicated to American Decorative Arts.  Jessie Ball DuPont a frequent visitor and resident in Tappahannock purchased the original paneling for the Winterthur.

This mural that I was commissioned to paint features Tappahannock (formerly Hobbs Hold) circa 1760.  Archibald Ritchie was one of the most prominent merchants of his day and though a British Loyalist at one time, he was eventually persuaded to support independence.  That is another story for another day.

Much historic research went into painting this mural including diary entries, ancient insurance records of the day and personal accounts and sketches of the various buildings found on Prince Street and surrounding properties.  Also featured are notable properties found in Essex County that have ties to the Ware and Fleet families of Essex County and King and Queen.

The art instructors from the public and private schools were in attendance.  Special thanks to the Women’s Club and Essex County Museum, the Tappahannock Artist’s Guild and St. Margaret’s School.  I was honored to be asked to share this historic work and answer questions by the students, their instructors and parents.  It is my hope that they will all go on in the tradition of the many notable artist that have come from our great County.

Photos cannot capture the dimension, richness or depth of color. Special thanks to Mrs. Barbara Watkins and Mr. Nathan Pope and our own Konst and Konstantina – the artists in residence at St. Margaret’s School.

photo of mural showing Melville in King & Queen County, ancestral home of Alexander Dillard’s Fleet ancestors.

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Ben Lomond Essex County Virginia Circa 1735 – A Buyer’s Perspective

Recently, I received this beautiful recommendation from Craig and Zorine Shirley, who purchased Ben Lomond in Essex County, Virginia in the 4th quarter of 2014.  It is in the Top 10 of all property sales, in 2014 in the Middle Peninsula Region.  I represented the Sellers but have loved getting to know the buyers, Craig and Zorine. They have become cherished friends and are a dynamic couple, who will be amazing stewards of this crown jewel estate on the Upper Middle Peninsula of Virginia. The following is what they have written about me, which means so much on a professional and personal level.  This is who I am.

“Karin Andrews is unlike any realtor we’ve ever worked with before. What started out as a professional relationship quickly became a warm friendship. A kind and thoughtful woman, she is a person of remarkable talents who enthralled us with her working knowledge of Ben Lomond and all of Essex County. She is, in the words of the Old South, a truly Great Lady.”


Craig and Zorine Shirley

1 bl  front view best color enhanced Ben Lomond - Circa 1730 and 1840.  Close-up of front with Entrance and Pedimented Portico.

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Come on in the Rappahannock and the Water is fine!
Come on in the Rappahannock and the Water is fine!

Original Chimney / Exterior wall between Great Room Addition and Kitchen in 1730 Portion of this Magnificent Manor House.

Massive Entrance Portico with Limestone Stair and All Copper Roofing.

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1 BL grand back view of house best 1 BL front pillars